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Workforce Strategies Summit 2019 Presentation Materials

Thank you for joining us at the Workforce Strategies Summit!

We hope you found the presentations and breakout sessions you attended to be a valuable resource! In the event there was a session you were not able to attend and would have liked to, or if you’d like to reference any of the information you received, we are providing you with a links to view the presentation materials below.

Keynote Panel (8:00 AM – 8:55 AM)

Oliver Buechse

Oliver Buechse

Founder of My Strategy Source, Co-Founder of Advancing AI Wisconsin, Strategy Innovator and Digital Disruption Navigator

Kathy Henrich

Kathy Henrich

Long time IBM Executive, leader of the AAIW Talent team, recently completed her Masters in Workforce Management

Breakout Session I (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

Robby Komljenovic

Robotic Automation: Your path to your survival

Robby Komljenovic, Chairman & CEO, Acieta

Maintaining the status quo is not an option for manufacturers who struggle to secure quality labor. Join us to learn how robotic systems enable manufacturers to deliver higher quality parts and maximize throughput, all while keeping their workforce numbers consistent and employees safe.

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Robby Komljenovic, Chairman & CEO, Acieta

Originally born and educated in Germany, Robby has 25 years of experience in the machine tool systems industry. His proven team leadership skills and business development expertise in manufacturing will continue to lead Acieta’s relentless drive to deliver cutting-edge automation systems that make manufacturing businesses more competitive in both local and global markets.

Cindy Van Asten

An Introduction to Population Health: What is it?

Cindy Van Asten, GBDS, Partner, Senior Account Executive, M3 Insurance

Join us for a thirty-thousand foot look at the concept of Population Health and discover how implementing a health innovation plan will positively impact your efforts with talent attraction, retention and overall profitability and productivity. Explore what may be driving the health of your organization and learn about strategies that may be implemented to help you keep your well employees healthy and improve the health of those with the highest risk.

Key Take-Aways:

  • What is a Population Health Management Analysis?
  • What does absence cost your organization?
  • Should you in-source, out-source or co-source leave administration?
  • How to create a scorecard for your vendor partners.
  • Where is the ROI?

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Cindy Van Asten, GBDS, Partner, Senior Account Executive, M3 Insurance

Cindy Van Asten is a Partner and Senior Account Executive at M3 Insurance. She serves as clients’ go-to resource for employee benefit programs, providing consultation and advisement around plan design, administration, and strategy. In addition to managing and growing her book of business, Cindy serves as the Director of Employee Benefits – Green Bay Market. As such, she works closely with other members of the M3 Green Bay team to identify and acquire new business, implement go-to-market strategies, and build strong partnerships with key business leaders, insurance companies and community organizations. Cindy also holds the role of Director of M3’s Healthcare Practice. As such, she serves as a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader in this area, responsible for sharing information on trends and issues that specifically impact this practice.

William Martin

How Wisconsin Can Help Your Business Recruit & Retain While Improving Your Bottom Line

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initatives, DWD

The State of Wisconsin’s economy is booming, the unemployment rate has been at or below 3% for months, and more people are working here than ever before.  Construction firms and manufacturers are finding it increasingly challenging to compete in a tight labor market.  Learn how the State of Wisconsin can partner with your company to help you overcome those challenges to:

  • identify, train, and attract new entrants to the industry,
  • retain and enhance the skills of your existing staff,
  • earn employment-related tax credits that can reduce corporate federal tax liability by as much as $9,600 per hire

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William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

William Martin was appointed to serve in the newly created position of Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives in the Office of the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). In this role, Mr. Martin coordinates with colleagues across the Department as well as with other state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, unions, and corporations to:

  • grow Wisconsin’s workforce;
  • increase the skills of both new workforce entrants and existing workers in key industries;
  • create strategies for attracting talent needed for major economic developments and business expansions, such as Foxconn; and
  • build capacity among small and disadvantaged businesses, including those owned by women, people of color, and veterans.

Mr. Martin was appointed after having served as a senior executive for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and WHEDA Foundation.  Prior to joining WHEDA, he founded a human services and workforce development consulting firm that assisted over 100 public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and succeeded in gaining over $600 million in funding for worthy initiatives.

Oliver Buechse

Leveraging AI & Disruptive Technologies – A Leadership Perspective

Oliver Buechse, Founder, My Strategy Source

This interactive session will be geared towards helping Business Leaders take initial and subsequent steps to understand emerging technologies, identify and prioritize specific opportunities and shape the talent/workforce role throughout the transition. There will be a discussion of tangible  frameworks to take the journey from idea to concept to implementation illustrated with real life client experiences as well as select case studies. Considerations based on industry, role in the supply chain, maturity of the organization, and technology capability will help determine whether is it better to start small and build value or to invest heavily and go on the offensive.

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Oliver Buechse, Founder, My Strategy Source

In my new venture, My Strategy Source, I aim to combine the lessons from 20 years in Strategy and the insights from three distinct perspectives, to help organizations and individuals improve their strategy performance without overinvesting in time and resources.

My three perspectives on strategy:

(1) As a young consultant with McKinsey&Co. I believed that better tools, better ideas, better analytics, and better strategic plans would empower organizations to have a better strategy. So my focus was on creating and delivering those tools and plans.

(2) As SVP of Strategy for Union Bank I learned to fully appreciate the implementation and support requirements as well as the creation of Board and Executive buy-in that are needed to translate a strategic plan into actual results. So my focus was on building bridges between planning and implementation.

(3) As Chief Strategy Officer for Associated Bank I had the opportunity to fully understand the role of strategy in the context of organizational capabilities and priorities.  Strategic success is inseparable from the formation of culture, the building of capacity, and the harmonization of resources. So my focus was on optimizing the alignment of strategy processes with the needs and abilities of the organization.

Many strategists are highly capable in supporting planning or implementation efforts.  Few have had the opportunity and privilege to experience all three perspectives.

Breakout Session II (10:30 AM – 11:25 AM)

Steve Grundahl
Sarah Straka
Dena Gullickson
Ron Roehl

Businesses and School Districts Join Forces to Build Our Workforce

Steve Grundahl, Founder/President, Midwest Prototyping

Sarah Straka, Director of Instruction, Mount Horeb Area School District

Dena Gullickson, Human Resources Manager, Stevens Construction Corp.

Ron Roehl, CEO, CNC Solutions

Business Leaders from all across the state are building partnerships with School Districts to help create awareness of Manufacturing and Construction careers. From fab labs to youth apprenticeship programs, these partnerships  expose students, teachers, and counselors to manufacturing and construction industries, equip them with the necessary skillsets, and teach them about job opportunities in their own backyard.  Join us for this informative session and hear directly from the panel members on how they have successfully implemented these programs in various school districts, how businesses can get involved, and what you can do to get a program like this started in your area.  Hear the success stories firsthand and how these programs are getting our students into the workforce sooner.

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Steve Grundahl, Founder & President, Midwest Prototyping

Steve founded Midwest Prototyping in 2001 with a technology known as stereolithography which today is just one of several technologies more widely referred to as 3D Printing. Today Midwest Prototyping is one of the largest privately held providers of additive manufacturing (3D Printing) services in the US with locations in Wisconsin and Colorado. The ISO certified company produces both prototype and production components for companies around the globe utilizing a fleet of over 30 industrial printers spread across 7 different technologies. Steve sits on the boards of directors for the State Bank of Cross Plains, the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity, the Grainger Institute of Engineering at UW-Madison and the Mt. Horeb Area Economic Development Corporation. He also serves on advisory boards at Madison College and Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his MBA from Edgewood College.

Sarah Straka, Director of Instruction, Mount Horeb Area School District

Sarah Straka has is currently in her fourth year as the Director of Instruction for Mount Horeb Area School District.  Prior to this position, Sarah worked as the Director of Early Learning to initiate the district’s community-based 4K program.  In addition, Mrs. Straka was a high school English teacher for six years and elementary principal for four years at Pecatonica Area Schools.  Community and business engagement has always been a priority for Mrs. Straka whether it occurred in her teaching or administrative work.  She is a strong believer that students, families, and the greater community need to partner in order to growth and succeed.

Dena Gullickson, Human Resources Manager, Stevens Construction Corp.

What better way to build your workforce than allowing students an exclusive inside look at a career within your company – before they graduate! For the third year in a row, Stevens Construction has partnered with local high schools, offering the Youth Apprenticeship opportunity.  This year employing 6 students from 5 local high schools.

Ron Roehl, CEO, CNC Solutions

CNC Solutions is an automation engineering company located in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. CNC Solutions’ core business is robotic engineered systems, electrical and mechanical systems integration, and automation for a variety of OEMs and end users. CNC Solutions is an authorized systems integrator for Fanuc Robotics, ABB Robotics, Yaskawa Robotics, and Universal Robotics.

Stuart Kuzik

Financing the Future: How the State of Wisconsin Can Help

Stuart Kuzik, Director of Business & Community Engagement, WHEDA

As the economy continues to grow, access to capital is essential for Wisconsin’s construction and manufacturing companies to be able to remain competitive and continue expanding to meet opportunities.  Did you know the State of Wisconsin offers a number of programs and products designed to help your company grow; convert construction contracts and manufacturing purchase orders into access to operating capital; and support facilities/equipment expansions in partnership with your lender?  Come and learn how your company can benefit.

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Stuart Kuzik, Director of Business & Community Engagement, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Program Officer, WHEDA Foundation

Mr. Kuzik serves as a member of the $2.2 billion authority’s senior management team; works closely with the gubernatorially appointed Executive Director as well as fellow senior staff; oversees a statewide team of officers; creates strategic alliances between WHEDA and WHEDA Foundation, government bodies, associations, corporations, philanthropic entities, lending institutions, and faith- and community-based organizations.

Prior to joining WHEDA, Mr. Kuzik held a number of progressively responsible roles in commercial lending, including helping finance over $45 million for businesses across Wisconsin and the United States.  In addition, he is a serial entrepreneur who has extensive experience in real estate development and business development.

Mr. Kuzik is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Franklin, Wisconsin with his wife and son.

Wade Goodsell

Financing the Future: How the State of Wisconsin Can Help

Wade Goodsell, Executive Director of the WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

If the business community does not own the economic future for the State of Wisconsin, then who will? It was this question asked in 2013 that launched the Future Wisconsin Project. Future Wisconsin is a program of WMC Foundation and was created at the direction of then-Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Chairman Dan Ariens, Chairman & CEO of Ariens Company. When assessing Wisconsin’s long term economic health, numerous questions emerged. What will Wisconsin look like in 20 years? What will our workforce look like? What employment opportunities will be available? What new industries will emerge and which ones will fade? These are the questions WMC Foundation is answering through a 20-year lens rather than a two-year legislative cycle. Thanks to the Future Wisconsin Project’s founding partners, we have made great progress, but there is more to do.

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Wade Goodsell, Executive Director of the WMC Foundation, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

WMC Foundation houses the Future Wisconsin Project, Wisconsin Business World and Wisconsin Safety Council. In his role, Wade leads WMC Foundation’s strategy and fundraising initiatives. Prior to joining WMC Foundation, Wade worked at Baker Tilly in a national consulting and business development role, as well as for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation where he served as Business Attraction Director. While at WEDC, he was recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers by Consultants Connect in 2016. Wade started his career at WMC working in membership and government relations. Wade serves on the board of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing Productivity and has previously been involved in the Industrial Asset Management Council, the National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association. Wade is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of Bethel University.

Keynote Luncheon (11:30 AM – 12:30 PM)

Mark Tyler

Workforce Challenges, Are You Ready?

S. Mark Tyler, Founder and President of OEM Fabricators, Inc.

Understanding workforce challenges today is one thing; but navigating those challenges effectively to keep your organization on top of its’ game may be a whole different question. Mark will share some of the demographic realities, provide some perspective, and finally some strategies to help overcome the challenges.

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S. Mark Tyler, Founder and President of OEM Fabricators, Inc.

OEM’s Team earned Wisconsin’s Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2006, and repeated in 2012 earning the Award for Workforce Development, the first company to receive this honor. Mark holds a technical diploma from St. Paul TVI in Minnesota. In 2011, he received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas. In recognition of his efforts to connect education and employers, Mark has received recognition from ACTE, WASDA, DPI, WACTE, WTCDBA, FRCSCV. He speaks frequently on issues involving workforce development, and its’ connections with early childhood and education.

Breakout Session III (12:30 PM – 1:30 PM)

Todd Kuckkahn

How Your Corporate Culture Impacts Talent Attraction and Retention – Are You Looking Inside Out?

Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC)

With the population demographics across the country (and even the world), the challenges of attracting and retaining talent is exacerbated with leadership challenges on the inside and the appropriate corporate culture to attract and retain talent. It is a process through pre-boarding, on-boarding, in-boarding and re-board. Recruiting talent begins before the job description and continues through the interview process. Exposure to a growth-oriented culture is key to success. And it doesn’t end when someone departs the organization. An organization, and the individuals within the organization, need to look inside themselves to solve the talent attraction and retention puzzle. How your organization and the people inside it communicate, grow, lead, and prioritize engages people to come to your organization and determines how long they stay. You will leave the session with actionable adjustments you and your organization can make immediately and ways to continue to build after the Summit.

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Todd Kuckkahn, Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC)

Todd Kuckkahn currently serves as Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC). PCBC is the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Organization and Young Professional organization for the Stevens Point/Plover area. The organization focuses on talent attraction and retention, as well as business attraction and retention, working closely with business, education, government and the community in general. His passion for leadership and growth earned him an independent coach, teacher, trainer and speaker certification with The John Maxwell Team. Throughout his career, Todd has done numerous presentations, workshops, seminars and speaking engagements. With his recent certification, that has increased and now includes youth opportunities. He is passionate about sharing his experience and knowledge in leadership, growth and development. Todd recently completed another level of training with Maxwell and continues to grow and share his skills.

William Martin

Foxconn in Wisconsin: How Can Your Company Make the Most of Opportunity?

William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

Foxconn—the fourth largest technology company—has committed to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin to construct and equip its advanced manufacturing campus in the Village of Mount Pleasant as well as purchase $1.4 billion in goods and services annually through Wisconsin-based businesses.  Attend this session to:

  • receive an overview of the project,
  • understand timelines for construction and other investments being made,
  • learn about the impact the company is already having on communities, and
  • gain guidance on how local businesses and residents can get involved and make the most of this unprecedented multi-billion-dollar economic opportunity

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William Martin, Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives, DWD

William Martin was appointed to serve in the newly created position of Director of Strategic Workforce Development Initiatives in the Office of the Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). In this role, Mr. Martin coordinates with colleagues across the Department as well as with other state and local government agencies, colleges and universities, unions, and corporations to:

  • grow Wisconsin’s workforce;
  • increase the skills of both new workforce entrants and existing workers in key industries;
  • create strategies for attracting talent needed for major economic developments and business expansions, such as Foxconn; and
  • build capacity among small and disadvantaged businesses, including those owned by women, people of color, and veterans.

Mr. Martin was appointed after having served as a senior executive for the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and WHEDA Foundation.  Prior to joining WHEDA, he founded a human services and workforce development consulting firm that assisted over 100 public and private clients in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and succeeded in gaining over $600 million in funding for worthy initiatives.

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